Wyoming County declares state of emergency over COVID-19 cases

WARSAW, N.Y. (WHEC) — Wyoming County Wednesday declared a state of emergency over COVID-19 effective immediately.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wyoming County had a seven-day average case rate per 100,000 of 567.00 and a positivity rate of 13.71% as of Dec. 1.

The declaration gives Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Rebecca Ryan the power to enact local emergency orders with the intent to bring the county’s increase in cases under control.

The order will remain in effect for 30 days or until rescinded, but it could be extended for additional 30 day periods.

Ryan released the following statement Wednesday:

“There has been an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in residents throughout the county, placing significant strains on the Wyoming County Community Health System,” stated Rebecca Ryan, Chairwoman of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors. “The purpose of this State of Emergency is to assist in the procurement of goods and services and to render all required and available assistance to the Wyoming County Community Health System, County Health Department, municipalities and school districts that is vital to the security, well-being, and health and safety of the citizens of Wyoming County.”

The full order is below (mobile users, click here):

12-01-21 State of Emergency Declaration (COVID-19) by News10NBC on Scribd

On Friday, Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a disaster emergency for the whole state over rising COVID-19 cases and on Tuesday, Monroe County officials declared a state of emergency over rising COVID-19 hospitalizations.